When a Seattle-area dog who was dropped off at a local shelter received a terminal diagnosis, his caregivers chose to celebrate his life and help him complete a canine version of "The Bucket List."
Edward Carter is a handsome little powder puff Chinese crested/Maltese mix who was named after Edward and Carter, the protagonists of the film "The Bucket List." Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson work on their own bucket lists in the film - and with a little help from his friends, Edward Carter is fulfilling his own.
The little dog's final months could have been spent in a shelter, but instead, he's living it up - and inspiring others across social and mainstream media.
Motley Zoo Animal Rescue in Redmond explained that Edward had been dropped off at a local shelter in September as a stray. After receiving a cancer diagnosis, Motley Zoo took the little dog in to one of their hospice foster homes to ensure that his final days would be filled with warm and love.
“He’s such a fun little guy, it’s so sad that he’s going, but we’re celebrating every moment of the time he’s here,” stated Jme Thomas of Motley Zoo.
“It’s more happy than sad.”
"Edward Carter is a bouncy bundle of joy!" Dr. Sarbu enthused. "He is full of energy and doesn't know he has cancer."
While he has stage 5 lymphoma, the little dog still has some time left to fulfill his bucket list.
"Edward probably has several healthy months to go. He just received a new chemotherapy treatment a week ago and we will see how well he responds in two more weeks," Dr. Sarbu explained.
“There is no cure; our only goal is solely to lengthen my life for as long as I continue to fight for my right to party!” Edward stated on his Facebook page.
“And while I might be dying, please do not feel sorry for me! I do not fear death, but I am not ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge yet, either.”
So far, the little dog has appeared on the Jackie and Bender show on KISS FM and he has eaten at the dog-friendly pub Norm's Eatery and Alehouse. What's next on his list? A trip to the beach for a photo shoot and a dog yoga class. Edward also recently visited Lucky Jack's Espresso in Redmond and rode a ferry.
There’s also a “Flat Edward Carter” inspired by “Flat Stanley.” Flat Edward has traveled as far as London. According to Dr. Sarbu, Flat Edward will be visiting Disneyland next weekend, too!
"We hear he's going to go skydiving, and tour Italy, Argentina and Mexico," Jme said.
"In all, everyone is excited to share in the celebration of his life before he passes. We have a feeling his 'flat' version will continue on, long after this little boy has crossed the Rainbow Bridge."
Jme added: "Our message is just that this is supposed to inspire everybody so everybody can be happier, everybody can do more, everybody can have a better day, everybody can definitely help make someone else have a better day."
Would you like to participate in the Flat Edward Carter Project? If so, email his Foster Mom at brooke @ brookemallory. com. She will email you your own Flat Edward Carter. You can also donate $1 and the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue will mail one to you. For every $5 donation, you will receive a pawtographed Flat Edward Carter.
Motley Zoo aims to raise $5,000 for Edward's treatment. If you would like to help, please visit this page.
“Cancer is one of the most common geriatric diseases affecting both dogs and cats, although it can develop in pets of any age,” she stated.
“Cancer accounts for death in 50% of dogs over 10 years of age and 32% of cats over 10 years of age. Interestingly, dogs get cancer at about the same rate as humans do and in some cases, the cancers have a similar behavior.”
Dr. Sarbu offers the following ten tips to detect cancer in our pets.
Has your animal family member received a terminal diagnosis or are they nearing end-of-life? The Animal Hospice and End-of-Life Palliative Care Project (AHELP Project) works to expand perceptions and promote quality in end-of-life care for beloved animal companions and their families.
AHELP is a coalition of veterinarians, allied animal service providers and pet owners. They are interested in providing support for and education about:
- In-home caregiving for sick companion animals and those with special needs.
- Palliative care when the focus has shifted from cure to comfort.
- Hospice, including end-of-life options like natural death and euthanasia.
To learn more about animal hospice and AHELP, visit their website here.
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